The SMF’s International Networks and Strategic Department receives VIP delegates, dignitaries, business delegations and ambassadors at the SMF Building to enable the SMF to build and foster close international relationships so as to facilitate members’ overseas business interests. While there are travel restrictions due to the pandemic, the Department received over 20 VIPs during this financial year. Through these visits, the Department helps the SMF form connections with international bodies, helping the local manufacturing community go beyond the shore into other markets.

29 July 2020 His Excellency Sok Khoeun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cambodia to Singapore

24 August 2020 His Excellency P Kumaran, High Commissioner of India to Singapore

28 October 2020 His Excellency Dr Norbet Riedel, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore (first row, left)

25 November 2020 His Excellency Bapak Suryopratomo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Indonesia to Singapore (first row, 2nd from right)

26 November 2020 His Excellency Mario Rui Dos Santos Miranda Duarte, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Portugal to Singapore (first row, middle)

15 December 2020 Her Excellency Ms Eugenia Barthelmess, Brazil Ambassador to Singapore (first row, middle) and His Excellency Sam Goi, Singapore Ambassador to Brazil (first row, right)

22 December 2020 His Excellency Md Tauhedul Islam, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore

29 December 2020 His Excellency Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to Singapore (first row, middle)

20 January 2021 Mr Jaya Ratnam, Singapore Ambassador-Designate to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (second from left)

2 March 2021 His Excellency Georgios Dogoritis, Ambassador of Greece to Singapore (first row, left)

8 March 2021 The SMF’s GBG hosted a delegation led by Dr Gu Qingyang (seated, fifth from right) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s MPAM (Master in Public Administration and Management) programme.

14 October 2020 SMF President Mr Douglas Foo welcomed the President of China Enterprises Association of Singapore (CEA), Mr Cheng Jun (third from left) and his delegation when they came to visit to understand the local manufacturing scene and the role of the SMF in the local manufacturing sector.

11 January 2021 CEO of Business China and MP for MacPherson Constituency Ms Tin Pei Ling, (first row, middle) along with a delegation from Business China visited the SMF to gain a better understanding of SMF’s role and how it supports the local manufacturing sector in establishing partnerships locally and with China and ASEAN.

11 January 2021 YCH Group Executive Chairman Dr Robert Yap (seated, second from right) and his team visited the SMF to explore possible collaboration opportunities on supply chains.